A native of the Eastside, Susan returns to her roots after having lived on Maui for 32 years. She brings with her a background in the performing and visual arts, advertising and sales. She enjoyed working on the interpretive planning and marketing of the historical plantation, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, as well as marketing, event planning and grant writing for the Maui Academy of Performing Arts, and Maui Arts & Cultural Center. She started her own graphic design and public relations business, and has previously owned and operated both a pet training/fencing business, and a windsurf company. Susan has assisted many non-profit organizations with marketing and event coordination and was both a board member and participant in Maui’s largest juried art show, Art Maui.
She considers herself a lifelong learner having recently become a certified ScrumMaster in project management and a computer coding bootcamp survivor from CodeFellows in Seattle. She holds a degree from Bellevue College, attended the University of Washington and is working on her MBA. She is a painter, sculptor and creates jewelry, and 3 dimensional installations. She is most proud of her daughter, a new generation artist whom she encouraged to “draw to your heart’s content,” who has recently graduated with a magna cum laude degree in film and Illustration from MICA.